They say great gifters listen and pay attention. They plan ahead, observe what’s needed, problem solve and consider a recipient’s style, interests and taste. Or, they just shop at O2, where O2 owner and buyer Brittany Van Domelen has already done all that for you (and compiled it in one convenient and aesthetically pleasing location).
“I’m always trying to find clothing and accessories that I haven't seen before,” says Brittany. “Between social media, online shopping and the influx of contemporary fashion boutiques, brands are saturated everywhere, especially in our small Aspen market! You have to search far and wide to bring different and unique products into a retail space--it's hard, but it is one of my favorite things to do.”
Here, five of Brittany’s favorite O2 items that gift well.
1. Fur hat and matching mittens by Paliogeorgis
A great way to stand out during cold snaps and by far the softest item in the shop, Pologeorgis' beanie ($TK) is knitted from pure rabbit fur dyed a striking shade of ice blue or dusty pink. The tonal pom-pom tops it off with a playful touch. Knitted mink mittens ($TK) complete the set. “Paliogeorgis is a fur line I had not seen in Aspen, which is rare. These hat-and-glove sets are luxurious, warm and have a playful vibe!”
2. Our private label legging in collaboration with Heroine Sport
In a world of black leggings, stand out in our TK ($TK). “I had not seen a simple Aspen legging, so I collaborated with one of my favorite brands to create these exclusively for O2.”
3. Biologique Recerche Products
Biologique Recherche (BR) has developed cult status for its pure, concentrated and natural products backed by clinical research and time-tested results. The French skincare line has been called the holy grail of natural luxe skin care, and O2 is the first retailer to carry the line in Aspen (Brittany discovered the line after receiving a game-changing BR facial on vacation). Some of esthetician Jody Burtard’s favorites? BR’s gentle and calming yet effective Lait U Cleansing Milk ($40) and the Creme Contour Des Yeux Biosensible, a lifting anti-wrinkle cream eye and lip contour ($200). The Lotion P50 W, BR’s most famous product, has been called a facial in a bottle that delivers overnight results with lactic acid, salicylic acid and onion extract, among other natural ingredients. Buy BR’s VIP O2 line in the O2 spa, or grab a gift certificate for a treatment that utilizes the products.
4. Eberjey Robe and Slippers
A rule I have when choosing product for O2? It has to be soft. Anyone who touches the Eberjey Alpine Chic robe ($220) buys it. It’s perfect for those early mornings when the house is cold, the fire hasn’t started yet, and you need something cozy to make coffee in! Well-known for its soft fabrics and pretty laces, Eberjey makes these cute and minimal slipper socks ($45) to keep your toes toasty.
5. Stella Mccartney tennis shoes (pictured: Adizero Adios Soft Apricot)
I live in Stella Mccartney tennis shoes. I think I have 12 pairs. I buy myself one or two every season! I run in them, wear them to HIIT class at O2, travel in them and even sport them with a cropped jean when I'm "dressing up" and not in my activewear. I consider them the most comfortable shoe of all time made by one of my favorite fashion designers.